Academic Programs

What makes for a first-rate education in social work? High-caliber faculty, unique opportunities to practice, and a rigorous curriculum at every level - bachelor's, MSW, and Ph.D. This is precisely what you'll find at the UAlbany-SUNY School of Social Welfare:

  • UAlbany School of Social Welfare students in classThe faculty ranks in the top 5% nationwide in terms of research productivity. Many have participated in the profession's most important studies and leadership initiatives. This alone makes the School a leader among colleges and universities across the United States.
  • Students hone their skills to a high level - in areas from individual counseling to social welfare policy - through fieldwork at hundreds of agencies throughout New York's Capital Region.
  • The curriculum provides an exceptional foundation for clinical practice, organizational development, and academic research.

Areas of Study

  • The undergraduate degree program includes generalist coursework as well as a field placement (internship) that prepare students for beginning social work practice.
  • The MSW degree program includes a choice of two challenging tracks - clinical practice or organizational management - and field assignments in each semester to prepare students for careers in social work including Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs).
  • The Ph.D. program provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with faculty of international reputation while conducting research in the areas that intrigue them most – anything from aging services to minority health disparities. They benefit from our primary strengths in the fields of aging, children and families, diversity, addictions, and mental health. After graduation, they are in great demand as faculty, researchers, practice leaders, and directors of social welfare policy.

The School of Social Welfare also offers joint degree programs including MSW/Ph.D. MSW students can enhance their degrees by completing certificate programs in Women and Public Policy, Nonprofit Management & Leadership or Health Disparities. Finally, students interested in exploring the field of social work or pursuing an MSW may apply for non-degree study at the School of Social Welfare.